Sprint and T-Mobile US confirmed Thursday that they joined follow U.S. company Verizon Communications in declining to participate in Canada's 700 MHz spectrum auction, set for January.
Now that Verizon Communications has said it will not expand into the Canadian wireless market, Canadian regulators and carriers seem more focused on the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction in January than on the tangle over foreign ownership rules.
Telus is realigning its Optik TV channels, a move it says will make it easier for its customers to find their favorite shows.
Bell Canada has spent $157 million to extend its growing Fibe TV service to Ottawa, bringing its coverage to 3.8 million households. Ottawa follows Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and multiple other locations in Ontario and Québec to be able to get the IPTV service.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that his government's rules on the wireless market do not aid foreign competitors, contrary to the claims of leading Canadian operators.
Telus has become the latest service provider to make its IPTV service portable with the introduction of its wireless digital Optik TV box.
In a fresh bid to sway public opinion and pressure the government to keep Verizon Communications from entering the Canadian wireless market, incumbents Telus, Bell Mobility and Rogers Communications are considering a new ad campaign highlighting Verizon's involvement with U.S. phone surveillance, according to a Reuters report.
A group of 150 leading Canadian CEOs as well as executives from Canada's three largest wireless carriers have in recent days expressed strong opposition to Canadian government regulations and rules that could pave the way for Verizon Communications to enter the Canadian wireless market.
Verizon Communications is considering jumping into the Canadian wireless market by taking over one of the smaller players struggling against Canada's mobile incumbents, according to a report in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Telus is expanding its fiber and rural broadband facilities in Calgary and Edmonton as part of a broader plan to spend $676 million throughout Alberta this year.